Transfer your vessel registration

Here are the simple steps you need to take if you buy, inherit, sell or dispose of a vessel and need to transfer the registration.

Transferring registration when you buy a vessel

Before you buy a secondhand vessel, it's a good idea to search the online Personal Property Securities Register to see if there's any money owing on it.

When you buy or are given a vessel, you must apply to transfer the registration into your name within 14 days of the purchase date. If you don't, a late transfer fee may apply.

In person

You can apply to transfer the registration in person at any service centre.

By post

You can also transfer vessel registration into your name by posting your documentation to:
Agency Business Centre
Roads and Maritime Services
PO Box 21
Parkes NSW 2870

What you'll need

Whether you're transferring in person or by post, you'll need to provide:

If no registration certificate is available

In this case you'll need to provide:

Submitting a Notice of Disposal when you sell a vessel

If you sell your vessel, you must complete and sign the Registered Owner section on the back of the vessel's registration certificate and give it to the buyer.

You must also complete the Notice of Disposal section and return it to us within 14 days of the sale. There is no charge for this.

Submit a Notice of Disposal online

In person

Alternatively, you can tear off the Notice of Disposal and submit it in person at a service centre.

By post

If you prefer to lodge your Notice of Disposal by mail, you can send it to:
Agency Business Centre
Roads and Maritime Services
PO Box 21
Parkes NSW 2870

What happens if you don't lodge a Notice of Disposal

If you forget to tell us you no longer have the vessel, you will remain responsible for fines, costs, and other compliance notices until the new registered owner transfers the registration into their name. Lodging a Notice of Disposal helps you avoid unnecessary fines.

What happens if the buyer doesn't register the vessel

Submitting a Notice of Disposal does not remove the seller from the vessel's record until the buyer accepts responsibility and registers the vessel. The seller should retain copies of all sale documents (bills of sale, receipts etc.) and also get proof of identification from the buyer to verify their identity. This will documentation will help as proof if the buyer fails to register the vessel.

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